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Gas leaks in Andhra Pradesh’s Gerdau Steel factory; 6 killed, 5 critical


Almost six people died and five are in critical condition after a poisonous gas leaked in a steel plant in Tadepatri division of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. The incident took place in Gerdau Steel India Limited. Emergency personnel rushed to the spot and injured people were taken to hospital for medical attention.

Gerdau is a leading company in steels in USA and it is one of the biggest suppliers of special steel in the world. It has offices in 14 countries in America, Europe and Asia. Gerdau’s Indian steel plant is situated at Tadipatri, Andhra Pradesh and has an installed capacity of 3 lakh tons of steel production per year.

On July 4, a blaze ripped through a firecracker manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Telangana’s Warangal city, setting off a series of blasts that left eight people dead and five injured, officials said.

The owner of the unit was arrested in connection with the major fire accident, they said. The cause of the fire that quickly spread to large parts of the factory at Kotilingala area of Warangal, about 150 km north-east of state capital Hyderabad, was not yet known.

With PTI inputs